As someone who is in college, works, and has a blog, it can be hard to stay on top of everything. I like to think of myself as an organized person, especially when it comes to managing my days. It’s taken me quite a few months at the beginning to learn how to balance it all with everyday life. Now I by no means have it all figured out, and there are days where I get less done than I wanted to. But I thought I would share how I stay organized, and balance it all (kinda).
My daily planner is what has saved me with staying organized in life. I’m someone who has to write a to-do list down everyday on paper, and check it off as I go. Very few people can remember everything in their head, so I highly recommend having a daily to-do list.
The notebook I have been using for my to-do lists for over a year is this Moleskine classic grid notebook. Moleskine’s are my favorite notebook brand and they have a variety of page layouts to choose from. I personally create a page for every month where I write down blog post ideas, my spending, big events, books to read, and more. And then after that I start my to-do lists. Each week the left page has my daily tasks, and the right side has my tracking page (times I post on Instagram, read, & blog), my weekly things to do, and my college assignments. Find a system that works for you and keep on top of it.
Another thing that helps me stay on top of things is the reminders app on my iPhone. This is my most used app because you can make lists and set reminders for certain items. So if there is something I need to do by a certain time, I will set myself a reminder with a time to go off. This helps me focus more on my work and less on the time.
It’s important to have a clean space while working, and that includes your laptop/phone. I find having a clean workspace with lots of room to spread my items out helps me work better. But it’s also important to keep your laptop and phone clean as well. Try to sort things in to folders on your desktop, and keep it with the least amount of items on it as possible. Also keep the number of windows you have open on both your computer and phone to a minimum as well. The less clutter the better.
A golden rule of mine is to complete tasks in order of most importance. Sure there are times where I liked to be working on a blog post, but my assignment for college that has a close due date comes first. It’s all about doing the tasks that need to be done first, even if you don’t want to.
It is important to know your schedule before planning future events. This is why besides having a notebook I also put events on my iCalendar on my laptop. This allows me to color code different types of events, such as work or college, and move them around easily. The main reason I do this though is because all of the events then show up on my iPhone calendar, which means I have it on the go.
And that is how I stay organized and (kind of) balance it all. Just always remember that it’s okay to have days where you don’t get everything done, and days where you’re a bit all over the place. It’s called being human.